Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shout to the Lord, Psalm 100

Last night Micayla (age 18 months) discovered a turtle in our yard.  She was fascinated!  We began to watch.  The turtle would pull into his shell and then tentatively begin his journey again.  Micayla would position herself in front of him to  get a better view which would prompt him to alter course our pause in protective mode.  This continued for most of the next hour as he made the journey across our yard to the safety (?) of the woods.  Micayla wanted to continue her scientific pursuit but was finally satisfied when I told her that the turtle was going home to his Mama and Daddy.

I have lived for 63 years without spending so much time with a turtle and could have gone several more years, but to watch a turtle through the fascinated eyes of a little one was a priceless experience.  She was captured and captivated by on of God's creations.  There is holiness all around us.  There is sacred in the most mundane.  Do you have eyes to see?  Or do you need to see the world again through the unspoiled eyes of one who is not so far from heaven? 

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

It is good to know that we have a shepherd who is able to lead us to safety in all times of trouble.  God is good and ready to reveal so many mysteries to us when we are ready to stop and hear the still, small voice.  It might even come in the form of a box turtle.

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